Google has launched a new app for its Android users to help them manage data usage on their smartphones. The app named Datally helps a user understand and track their mobile data usage.
Basically, the new Datally app shows how much data each app is consuming and at what time the data is being used up. The app recommends users to shut off data based on usage activity and even suggests open public Wi-Fi networks available nearby. There is a dedicated tab to search for Wi-Fi spots and connect to them.
A worthy feature of the Datally app is that it completely blocks an app from using background data. If you want to block every single app from consuming background data you just need to tap on Manage Data tab where you will see the option ‘Apps with no data usage’. Tap that option and you will find individual apps which you can block or control it from using mobile data. There is a chat bubble as well that pops up to notify when an app connected to the internet is active and how much data it is draining.
While blocking apps from using background data will help you save data, it has some limitations. You won’t get push notifications nor will the apps refresh content in the background.
Notably, the new offering is released as part of Google’s Next Billion Users Initiative, which is focused to make internet services accessible in countries that have limited mobile connectivity and technology infrastructure is not as fast as in the developed countries.
The Datally app is available for download on Google Play Store. The app is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. Google says that it has been testing the app in Philippines for a couple of months, and till now, Datally has managed to hit over 50,000 users. On an average, users have been able to save 30 percent of their mobile data, the company claimed.